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Atlantic Magazine Calls for Arrest of Speaker Boehner

October 9th, 2013 - 7:08 pm

Past performance is no guarantee of future results:

In March of 2010, Sarah Palin released a map of 20 Congressional districts she and John McCain had won in 2008 but whose Congressmen had voted in favor of the recently passed health care reform bill. The map, released amid a wave of small-scale violence against Democratic lawmakers, marked each targeted district with a set of crosshairs. Palin, who had promoted the map by tweeting “Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD,” drew controversy with the map, which some critics saw as a winking approval of violence.

The Atlantic Wire, January 10, 2011: “Did Sarah Palin’s Target Map Play Role in Giffords Shooting?”

So if mere clip art has the potential for inciting violence and murder in the Atlantic’s eyes, they’d never run an article with a Photoshop of the Speaker of the House being arrested and the question, “How would Obama respond if he were dealing with hostage-takers or terrorists?”, right?

Oh, of course they would. But you knew that already:

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As the Professor wrote in the Wall Street Journal the day after the Atlantic’s January 2011 article:

The critics were a bit short on particulars as to what that meant. Mrs. Palin has used some martial metaphors—”lock and load”—and talked about “targeting” opponents. But as media writer Howard Kurtz noted in The Daily Beast, such metaphors are common in politics. Palin critic Markos Moulitsas, on his Daily Kos blog, had even included Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’s district on a list of congressional districts “bullseyed” for primary challenges. When Democrats use language like this—or even harsher language like Mr. Obama’s famous remark, in Philadelphia during the 2008 campaign, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun”—it’s just evidence of high spirits, apparently. But if Republicans do it, it somehow creates a climate of hate.

There’s a climate of hate out there, all right, but it doesn’t derive from the innocuous use of political clichés. And former Gov. Palin and the tea party movement are more the targets than the source.

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To be clear, if you’re using this event to criticize the “rhetoric” of Mrs. Palin or others with whom you disagree, then you’re either: (a) asserting a connection between the “rhetoric” and the shooting, which based on evidence to date would be what we call a vicious lie; or (b) you’re not, in which case you’re just seizing on a tragedy to try to score unrelated political points, which is contemptible. Which is it?

The Atlantic answered in the affirmative to both of the above possibilities yesterday.

(H/T: Orrin Judd.)

Related: “MSNBC’s Joy Reid: GOP ‘Shot a Hostage’ by Shutting Down the Government.”

But didn’t MSNBC declare gun-related metaphors to be racist hate speech in January of 2011? Why, yes they did.

Oh, and speaking of which, more that was then, this is now “fun.” In this case, regarding raising the debt ceiling:

Update: (8/10/13): Upon reflection, perhaps I was wrong about The Atlantic.

 

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The usual charge, obstructing the Reich.
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Don't give them ideas. Remember, these people look at books like 1984 and We as instruction manuals, not warnings.
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The frustrating thing is how basic rule of law gets ignored in these arguments. House Republicans, representing their districts, have done their part of the process and passed budgets, continuing resolutions, and bills to fund parts of the government. The bills passed were supported by the majority of the majority party the way it ALWAYS works under House rules. The Origination Clause of the constitution gives the House the power to start the budget process and the Senate the power to amend those House bills. Democrats don't like what the House passed, but in no way is John Boehner doing anything illegal or even unusual.

The obvious structure of the continuing resolution compromise would be to make the penalty for an individual not buying health insurance for 2014 to be smaller than the full amount Democrats want but higher than the zero penalty Republicans want. If Harry Reid wasn't totally incompetent at negotiating, both sides would have settled at about half the penalty by now.
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Anyone paying attention can't mistake the constant calls for dictatorship whenever the government runs into a little problem. 'Our Democracy' is broken: therefore dictatorship. Nothing is getting done: therefore dictatorship. Its not a coincidence, these people really do want dictatorship with a veneer of democracy to make them feel more comfortable. They won't act on it for at least 20 years or so, I guess, when the young people calling for authoritarianism (for 'the people' of course) are in positions to make things happen.
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Isn’t this sort of thing traditionally done after a fire in the legislature?

Hadn’t some other Democrat Party organ called for Obama to emulate Yeltsin and to send in tanks to shell the House?
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Save the journolist for after the revolution. Or during. Whatever.
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Anything that makes the people I despise this unhappy must be a good thing.
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DayByDayCartoon dot com for Oct 8, 9, 10 have all been great and complement this article nicely!
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Arresting the opposition is a bit of a tell.
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Gee, why don't all these journ0lists simply set the Capitol on fire, blame it on Boehner and demand Der Obama be given unprecedented power to fix the crisis? It worked once before.
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Don't give them ideas. Remember, these people look at books like 1984 and We as instruction manuals, not warnings.
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Double, double Godwin and trouble
Philip Bump and Goebbles bubble.
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Ummm, okay, whose kinds of tactics include arresting those who disagree with you while exercising their fundamental rights under the law? The Little Sisters of the Poor?
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There come a point where it's not just an exercise in cheap rhetoric. If it looks like a Nazi, and talks like a Nazi, and ACTS like a Nazi, it's probably a Nazi. Liberals are Nazis.

If this be Godwin, make the most of it.
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If bump isn't propagandist then he's not anything. Comparing the GOP to the IRA committing violence and the Dems to negotiators stemming that violence is a reversal of extreme gall. Obamacare is violence.
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McCain:

Alas, poor Boehner! I knew him, Cruz: a fellow
of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath
borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how
abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at
it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know
not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your
gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment,
that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one
now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen?
Now get you to Pelosi's chamber, and tell her, let
her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must
come; make her laugh at that.
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